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Senate Contracting Panel Likely Faces Post-Election Changes

Since its inception in 2009, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has served as chairman of the Senate’s contracting oversight panel. According to GovExec, that position could change hands after the election as industry observers and congressional sources told the publication Tom Carper (D-Del.) is a likely successor. McCaskill is in the …

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FAS Deputy Head Jon Jordan Retires

Jon Jordan, deputy commissioner of the General Services Administration‘s Federal Acquisition Service, retired from the agency last week after a 38-year career at GSA, Federal News Radio reports. Acting FAS Commissioner Mary Davie said in an email obtained by the station that Bill Sisk, assistant commissioner for the office of …

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Treasury: US to Reach Debt Limit Before Year Ends

The U.S. Treasury is $235 billion short of the $16.4 trillion borrowing limit and could reach that ceiling before the year ends, Reuters reports. Using emergency measures would avert a default and keep the government running through early 2013, according to Rachelle Younglai’s story. The Treasury said the government has …

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Charles Beames Joins SES as DoD Space, Intell Director

The Defense Department has appointed Charles Beames principal director for space and intelligence within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. According to a Pentagon release, Beames also was named to the Senior Executive Service with that promotion. Beames previously served as strategic adviser …

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WH Ready for New Healthcare Law Hearing

The White House is prepared for a new case in the U.S. Supreme Court against the 2010 healthcare law, Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said in Wednesday filing the government will not oppose any legal proceeding brought forth by Liberty University against the law’s individual mandate, …

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Obama Proposes Single ‘Secretary of Business’ Post

President Barack Obama wants to consolidate several federal agencies responsible for items regarding business, he said in a Monday interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “We should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA (Small Business Administration) …

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OFPP Admin Joe Jordan Seeks to Clarity Procurement & Acquisition Roles

Joe Jordan, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), issued a memo addressed to chief acquisition officers (CAO) and senior procurement executives (SPE) last week requesting them to create definite roles and responsibilities for their positions, reports Jason Miller for http://www.federalnewsradio.com. Agencies are given until January 15 …

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